The UFC returns to Poland for a very intriguing card on Fight Night 145. This is headlined by an exciting Light Heavyweight clash between Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos. Gian Villante and Michal Oleksiejczuk makes for a great secondary fight, whilst the appearances of Liz Carmouche and John Dodson are sure to entertain. Let’s break down each of the top 3 fights and provide our best bets in this UFC Fight Night 145 preview.
The Polish veteran enters this main event with a very solid 23-7 professional record. He has won each of his last 4 fights, picking up Fight of the Night or Performance of the Night honours on 3 of those occasions. Possessing an excellent ground game for a big man, 9 of his career wins have come by submission. With a raucous home crowd behind him, he’ll no doubt be tough to stop in this one.
Thiago Santos makes the trip to Poland with a strong 20-6 career MMA record. He is on an impressive run of 7 wins in his last 8 fights, 6 of which have been by knockout. Known primarily for his elite power, 70% of Santos’s career wins have been by KO/TKO. With the crowd definitely against him here, he’ll be looking for a quick finish in this one.
Prediction: Santos by KO
In my opinion, Santos is comfortably the better fighter here and enters this one in very solid form. I actually think the boos from the crowd will energise him and lead to a statement win here. Blachowicz has somewhat of a weak chin, which I expect Santos to expose here en route to a KO.
Villante enters this one a relatively middling 17-10, having only won 7 of his 14 UFC fights. He does however come into this clash off the back of a solid decision win over Ed Herman last time out. Known primarily as a striker, he will be looking to add to his 10 career knockout wins in this one.
Having dealt with a suspension throughout 2018, the controversial Pole makes his return to the octagon at home. He has an impressive 12-2 career record, defeating former Ultimate Fighter contestant Khalil Rountree last time out. Known primarily for his elite striking ability, 8 of his 12 career wins have come by knockout.
Prediction: Oleksiejczuk by KO
This fight represents one of the bigger mismatches on the card and I’m happy to go with the home favourite here. He has the significant speed and power advantage, which should prove way too much here over 3 rounds.
Carmouche enters this one with a decent 12-6 career MMA record. She has somewhat struggled since joining the UFC however, winning just 4 of her 8 fights. That said, she is still an excellent striker at this level, with 10 of her 12 career wins coming by KO or decision.
Pudilova makes the trip to Poland backed by a very solid 8-3 career record. She is 2-2 since joining the UFC, suffering a competitive loss to Irene Aldana at UFC 228. Not necessarily known for her power, only 2 of her career wins have come by knockout.
Prediction: Carmouche to Win
Ultimately, I think Carmouche is the more experienced and accomplished fighter in this one. She has the clear advantage on the feet in this one and I expect her clinical striking to win out here. At $1.75 to win, I think this represents very solid value.